Influenza - Causes, Symptoms And Homemade Remedies


Influenza is one of the most infectious diseases responsible for frequent epidemics around the globe, particularly in countries like the United States. In the recorded history, influenza has taken a heavy toll of human life several times, including in 1918-19, when it claimed millions of lives.

Causes: Influenza generally strikes at the change of seasons. Health experts say influenza is caused by a virus. They suggest an incubation period of up to ten days, depending on the influenza attack’s severity.

Ayurveda also believe that influenza strikes at the change of seasons, but it suggests that this infectious disease is caused by an imbalance in three “doshas” – vata, pitta and kapha. These three doshas get distrurbed when seasons changes.

People with weak immunity, the elderly, children, those suffering from constipation and from a disease of mucus membrane of the nasal passage or the throat are more susceptible to influenza.

Image showing a kid suffer from influenzaSymptoms:

  • Irritation and inflammation of the nose, larynx and pharynx.
  • Runny/stuffy nose.
  • Irritable dry hacking cough.
  • Soar throat.
  • Slight fever or feeling feverish.
  • Headache, pain in muscles.
  • Fatigue (tiredness).
  • Some people, particularly children, may suffer vomiting and diarrhea after a severe influenza attack.

Homemade Remedies: Long pepper, which is also called pippali,helps a lot in easing this condition. Administering the patient half a teaspoon of long pepper powder mixed with teaspoons of honey and half a teaspoon of ginger juice is a strong homemade remedy for influenza. This homemade remedy can be given to the patient thrice a day. It prevents further worsening of the disease, which affects larynx and the bronchial tubes.

Green leaves of Holy Basil or Tulsi mixed with ginger and honey also help cure influenza symptoms. One can also prepare a decoction by boiling Holy Basil/Tulsi leaves in a glass of water until it remains half in quantity. This decoction can be given to the patient twice or thrice a day.

Some important things to keep in mind while fighting influenza:

The patient should not be given heavy, solids foods for around a day after the onset of the disease as the patient’s digestive system become weak. You can give him/her sago (a major staple food for the lowland peoples of New Guinea and the Moluccas, where it is known as saksak or sagu) boiled in water or milk. This will help the patient sustain his/her strength. Sour fruits like grapes and banana should be avoided.

Last but not the least, the patient should avoid exposure to cold, and harsh physical labor. He/she should also not devoid him/herself of sleep.
4/16/2016
Influenza - Causes, Symptoms And Homemade Remedies

Influenza is one of the most infectious diseases responsible for frequent epidemics around the globe, particularly in countries like the United States. In the recorded history, influenza has taken a heavy toll of human life several times, including in 1918-19, when it claimed millions of lives.

Causes: Influenza generally strikes at the change of seasons. Health experts say influenza is caused by a virus. They suggest an incubation period of up to ten days, depending on the influenza attack’s severity.

Ayurveda also believe that influenza strikes at the change of seasons, but it suggests that this infectious disease is caused by an imbalance in three “doshas” – vata, pitta and kapha. These three doshas get distrurbed when seasons changes.

People with weak immunity, the elderly, children, those suffering from constipation and from a disease of mucus membrane of the nasal passage or the throat are more susceptible to influenza.

Image showing a kid suffer from influenzaSymptoms:

  • Irritation and inflammation of the nose, larynx and pharynx.
  • Runny/stuffy nose.
  • Irritable dry hacking cough.
  • Soar throat.
  • Slight fever or feeling feverish.
  • Headache, pain in muscles.
  • Fatigue (tiredness).
  • Some people, particularly children, may suffer vomiting and diarrhea after a severe influenza attack.

Homemade Remedies: Long pepper, which is also called pippali,helps a lot in easing this condition. Administering the patient half a teaspoon of long pepper powder mixed with teaspoons of honey and half a teaspoon of ginger juice is a strong homemade remedy for influenza. This homemade remedy can be given to the patient thrice a day. It prevents further worsening of the disease, which affects larynx and the bronchial tubes.

Green leaves of Holy Basil or Tulsi mixed with ginger and honey also help cure influenza symptoms. One can also prepare a decoction by boiling Holy Basil/Tulsi leaves in a glass of water until it remains half in quantity. This decoction can be given to the patient twice or thrice a day.

Some important things to keep in mind while fighting influenza:

The patient should not be given heavy, solids foods for around a day after the onset of the disease as the patient’s digestive system become weak. You can give him/her sago (a major staple food for the lowland peoples of New Guinea and the Moluccas, where it is known as saksak or sagu) boiled in water or milk. This will help the patient sustain his/her strength. Sour fruits like grapes and banana should be avoided.

Last but not the least, the patient should avoid exposure to cold, and harsh physical labor. He/she should also not devoid him/herself of sleep.